Governor Nyesom Wike

Wike Accuses Abia – State Born Akobundu Of Instigating Crisis In PDP; Emeka Ihedioha For Masterminding Plot To Take Rivers Oil Wells

(By Chris K.Amadi) — Shortly after the Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP, escaped an implosion, especially after the sudden resignation of officers of the party over allegations of marginalization by the Uche Secondus led executive council, retired Colonel Augustine Akobundu, the PDP National Organizing Secretary, has been fingered as one of the people instigating crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party.

The accusation was made by Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State when he featured on the Africa Independent Television’s Programme, Focus Nigeria, in Port Harcourt on Friday, adding that Col. Augustine Akobundu, retired, an indigene of Oloko in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State, was stirring crisis in the party because of his governorship ambition.

As at press time, Notable Outcome was unable to reach the retired Colonel Augustine Akobundu, who enlisted as officer cadet of 22 regular combatant course of the Nigerian Defense Academy in 1977, for comments, but the Governor of Rivers State hinted that the resolution of the internal crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party has allayed his initial fear of possible implosion in the party.

Governor Wike further stated that he was not aware if Abubakar Atiku wants to contest the presidency in 2023 because, according to him, the PDP was yet to zone the presidency, adding that he does not have problems with the former Vice President of Nigeria.

Responding to a question, Governor Wike said: “The Federal Inland Revenue wrote a letter to the National Assembly to amend the constitution to make VAT to be in the exclusive list: We intercepted that letter and brought it to court because they know that under the law, it is not within their powers to collect these taxes. And in order to solve the problem, they wrote a letter to the National Assembly to amend the constitution to make them have the exclusive right. If they were right, they wouldn’t have done that.”

The governor disclosed that he has already sent a bill to the Rivers State Assembly to empower the State government to collect VAT and other related taxes in the State. He however stated that Rivers State felt betrayed by former governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha for masterminding a plot to take over some Rivers State oil wells.
The governor described as unfortunate the attempt by the incumbent Imo State government to compromise the National Boundary Commission to cede Rivers State oil wells to Imo State.

“We filed a suit at the Supreme Court in 2020 believing that Imo State government will file their defence, but as I speak to you they have not filed their defence. I have never seen a very corrupt commission like the boundary commission. Unknown to us, instead of the Imo State government to file their defence, they went to the boundary commission, met with them to adjust the boundary, but we got the information,” Wike emphasized.

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